Former GOP McHenry County Board Member Robert Bless Has Law License Suspended

Fox River Grove’s Robert Bless came out of nowhere to win the Republican nomination for McHenry County Board in 2008. He beat two better known candidates: former Fox River Grove village president Bill Yocius, who ran against me in the … Continue reading

Illinois Supreme Court Refuses to Take Sheriff’s Appeal on Zane Seipler’s Back to Work Case

As predicted by anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the law, the Illinois Supreme Court has rejected McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren’s appeal of the Appellate Court’s unanimous affirmation of Associate Judge Thomas Meyer’s affirmation of an arbitrator’s decision … Continue reading

Looks Like Hospital Costs Could Be Going Up

A decision by the Illinois Supreme Court striping Urbana’s Provena Covenant Medical Centerl’s not-for-profit real estate tax exemption will reverberate across the state. Thanks to Capital Fax Blog for alerting me to the case. Folks in Cook County have already … Continue reading

Chicago Tribune Endorses Mary Schostok and Ann Jorgensen for Appellate Court

The only candidates that I have seen campaigning for the 2nd Appellate Court were endorsed today by the Chicago Tribune. Mary Schostok, who held a fund raiser in Crystal Lake Thursday night, and Ann Jorgensen, who was Schostok’s “special guest” … Continue reading

Kirk Dillard Woos McHenry County Women

Billing himself as the only non-millionaire in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, State Senator Kirk Dillard spoke to mainly women at Crystal Lake’s 1776 restaurant Tuesday morning. He related having received this advice from his former boss, … Continue reading

Mentioning the Name That Shall Not Be Mentioned

The Chicago Sun-Times ran write-up of Chicago’s Inspector General David Hoffman’s candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate to replace Roland Burris. At the bottom, was another article, next to which was a list of “THE FIELD.” … Continue reading

Present Versus Future Salaries for Teachers

Year after year, when the choice came down to pump more money into State Aid to Education or pay pay the state’s share of pension payments, teacher unions took the money and ran. As far back as the 1970’s, current … Continue reading

Recreating the Repealed Personal Property Tax – Part 2

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog suggested Governor Pat Quinn was attempting to recreate the hated personal property tax, which died an electoral death in November, 1970. I explained how county treasurers throughout Illinois tried to put heat on legislators by enforcing … Continue reading